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My lemon tree is about 5 year old, about 4m + tall, bearing lots of fruit. Is it ok to let the lawn grow up to the trunk now? My fig and mango trees are about the same age and bearing fruit. Can I do the same with them? Thank you so much for your much ne

Submitted: 08:36AM, 26 Dec 2009
Answer: Dear Keith,

It is never a good idea to allow the grass to grow up to the trunk of your fruit trees. Both the grass and fruit tree will need nutrients and their roots will be competing against each other for those nutrients and moisture. In any case you will find in most situations the grass will fail to thrive as the canopy of the tree will shade the area and the grass will be thin and sparse.

Another problem can arise when mowing or using a brush cutter around trees. Sometimes the trunk of the tree can be damaged and this can encourage entry of fungus as well as insect attack.

To maintain the health of your fruit trees, ensure that the grass is well away from the trunk. This will give you adequate room to apply the fertiliser and moisture the fruit trees will need to thrive.

Answered: 10:56AM, 08 Jan 2010

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